Update from Tuam Parish

globeAnne F Quinn shared this update with ECI:

Tuam Parish Eco-Congregation was delighted to support Tuam Tidy Towns annual event which showcases their projects and plans for the year.  These include projects in the areas of Heritage, History and Environment. This year's environment area focused on the Nanny river which flows through the town.

Local authority officer Catherine Seal led a walk along the river, describing  habitat,  flora and fauna.  Special attention was given to the invertebrates living in the river.A beautifully designed sign featuring birds, insects and plants of Natural River Habitat was officially unveiled baby Minister Sean Kyne.

Michael Waldron of Tuam Tidy Towns pointed out the loss of many of our insects in the last 25 years due to phosphates in the water, mostly from washing powder. He urged we check and eliminate the use of those brands which contribute to the problem.

A marquee in the park featured Buzzing in the Park, an information and visual display by Galway Bee keepers emphasizing the need to protect our pollinators. Information and display of bee friendly plants accompanied this. Children enjoyed a pollinator treasure hunt.

Other stands provided information on water conservation and recycling household items by Galway County Council.  An informative talk and display on swift conservation, which is one of our birds under threat, was given by Linda Huxley.

This environmental project along with the interesting talks on the history and conservation of buildings, provided a wonderful day enjoyed in sunshine.  Tuam Tidy Towns are an integral part of our Eco-Congregation and deserve every credit for this and all their work throughout the year.